Bangladesh on the Verge of Super 8 with Clinical Victory over Netherlands

Bangladesh is rocketing towards the final stage of the ICC T20 World Cup casting aside a close defeat against South Africa! What seemed impossible for Bangladesh before the start of the league matches, now look like a breeze knocking out the former World Champions Sri Lanka form the Group D. While India, South Africa, United States, and Australia have already confirmed their spots and Pakistan, New Zealand already booked tickets for returning home, the Tigers are gearing up for a fascinating Super 8 stage after a convincing win against Netherlands!

The Bangladesh vs Netherlands match was a vital one to decide the company of South Africa from Group D in Super 8. And, with a victory of 25 runs, Bangladesh is in a much more comfortable position in the race now.

Match Recap: Bangladesh vs Netherlands

No team was confident about the pitch as the last game played on this ground was about ten years ago! The pitch was also wet in the beginning because of the rain. Reasonably, the toss was crucial where the Netherlands was the lucky one to win and invited Bangladesh to bat to understand the pitch properly.

The top order of Bangladesh again scrambled with the early wickets of Nazmul Shanto and Liton Das. To save the team from a possible collapse, Shakib stabilized the innings with a composed 64 runs off 46 balls, providing essential support. Tanzid Tamim, the youngster contributed with his 35 of 26, ensuring a good total of 159 on the board. 

Although the Dutch chase began promisingly, Bangladesh’s bowlers tightened their grip in the middle overs. Thanks to Shanto, the skipper to rely on Rishad Hossain who was struggling earlier. Rishad’s two vital wickets in an over was the turning point of the match. Later, he completed his 4 overs, spending 33 runs, expensive indeed but with three crucial wickets!

Mustafizur Rahman joined the party with 1 wicket with tight economy bowling (just 12 runs in 4 overs)! Liton, though failed to bat well, contributed with a electric stamping, resulting in 2 quick wickets for the Dutch when they were looking unstoppable.

Thus, the efforts of Vikramjit (26 of 16), Sybrand (33 of 22), and Sctott Edwards (25 of 23) of the Netherlands could not make it in the end. Bangladesh secured a win in one of the most crucial matches after the heartbreaking loss against South Africa in the last match.

Bangladesh’s Scenario to Reach Super 8

So, after the thrilling win against Netherlands, the point table of Group D looks like this:

South Africa (Q)330+0.6036
Sri Lanka303-1.2470

The table shows South Africa has already made it to the next stage while their match against Nepal is remaining. The abandoned match between Sri Lanka and Nepal has narrowed the path for both these teams with very complex equations. In fact, Sri Lanka was looking for the match of Bangladesh vs Netherlands to be abandoned too, which did not happen practically and the former T20 World Cup champion is literally out of the tournament now.

Nepal, having two matches in hand against Bangladesh and South Africa, can still hope for the best with two massive wins. It is tough but not impossible as this T20 World Cup is full of so many surprises! Thus, if Nepal defeats South Africa on 15th June, the Bangladesh’s match against them scheduled on 17th June would be very crucial! Besides, the Netherlands is with only 1 win with an NRR of -0.408 is expecting Bangladesh to lose against Nepal and massive win against Sri Lanka.

Thus, the equation for all teams other than Bangladesh is much complex. Whereas, Bangladesh can make it even if they loss against Nepal in close margin indicating a smoother pathway for the Bengal tigers!

Key Takeaways for Bangladesh from the Journey So Far

If Bangladesh can make it to the Super 8, they would have to face teams like India and Australia. Thus, the journey won’t be easy at all as their remaining match against Nepal is going to be the only space for relief. However, Bangladesh has reasons to be happy; especially for the most awaited comeback of Shakib Al Hasan with bat. There were so many criticisms for his poor form and such an innings was very much needed for a fresh start.

Besides, the attacking approach of Tanzid Tamim was impressive. The bowlers like Mustafiz, Rishad, Taskin are pillars of hope for the Bangladesh bowling unit in recent time. Nazmul Hossain Shanto, though failed with bat again, but deserves appreciation for his brave and clever captaincy. However, the top order batting is still a big concern for Bangladesh which must be fixed before dreaming for big!

Fan Reactions and Media Analysis

Undoubtedly, the win is a big relief for the true fans of Bangladesh cricket team. The consecutive loss against Zimbabwe and USA frustrated the fans and left with almost no hope for the mega event. The players were heavily trolled in the social media as well which is disappointing but unavoidable in present day trend.

However, the win against Sri Lanka restored the hope and the close encounter with South Africa boosted the fans with confidence. The performance of the players is being praised through posts, motivational videos etc. Thus, the fans are happily analyzing Bangladesh’s potential in Super 8 and if their team can make it to the Semifinal! The optimism is justified with considering the performance of the team.


With the win against Netherlands, the confidence of Bangladesh has been boosted. The close match against South Africa also proves that they can perform well against strong teams in this format. The fans are now optimistic to see their team perform even better in Super 8.

Despite the drama of group D, it must be said that the uncertainty of the format has already in another level as USA, the newcomer qualified for Super 8 from Group A where Pakistan, the runner-up of the last world cup is eliminated! Scotland has threatened England in Group B and Afghanistan has already eliminated mighty New Zealand from the tournament!

Let’s see what more surprises are waiting for the cricket fans in this T20 World Cup 2024. 


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